Instagram takes DMs to the desktop

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Direct messaging via desktop has arrived.
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Instagram has been a little more desktop-friendly lately. On Friday, the photo-sharing app gave users the ability to read and send direct messages from a desktop computer.

Facebook, which owns the app, had signaled last year that it wanted to make private messaging easier across all of its apps regardless of device.

Instagram began testing web DMs in January with a small group of users and flipped the switch Friday morning to bring the feature to its 1 billion-plus users.

“Our hope is that this will give people, creators, and businesses easier access to your messages so that they can stay in touch with the friends and followers that matter to them,” an Instagram spokesperson told the tech website Digital Trends back in January.

Instagram users on a web browser can now pull up their feed and see the DM icon in the navigation bar. Users can also attach photos off their computers to their messages.

Users can message individuals or create groups. You’ll be able to double-tap to like things and share photos and videos through the web interface.

Source: The Verge